The last two seasons he was an alternate. This year, we thought it would be different… leading the NFL in tackles for more than half the season. We thought that at last fans, players, and coaches would see past the popularity contest the Pro-Bowl has become to vote in the players who have played the hardest to deserve it. Now I’m not saying Brian Urlacher is not a all-pro player, but should he have been voted in before London Fletcher? Absolutely not.
Thank God that he already accomplished the ultimate goal in January 2000 in winning a Super Bowl with the Rams. The ageless wonder we in Washington have come to know and love has been snubbed yet again. From 2000-2009, no one over the span of those 10 seasons has racked up more tackles than this guy. On top of that, he’s NFL’s ironman, starting in more than 200 consecutive games at the age of 36, an age at which most players would be considered downhill or even extinct. He’s still playing strong, hitting harder than his opponents, and even his teammates. He’s still an outstanding example off the field. Even more amazing, after all the lack of success in Washington, he wants to come back because he believes there’s something special here. Most guys at his age wouldn’t even want to feel like their wasting their time with a 5-year plan in year number two. But not Fletch. Loyalty is more important.
A man who was undrafted in 1998 worked his way up to the respected figure he has become in the National Football League and a Super Bowl Champion. Multiple Defensive Player of the Week honors and multiple other awards later, this is not a guy who should have to wait to see if someone else that is going to play in the Super Bowl decides to opt out just to be honored as one of the league’s best. Sav Rocca was undoubtedly the best punter in the NFC (probably the NFL). He didn’t make it. Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, at least one or the other, were deserving of a spot on the roster, but they didn’t make it either. But even if no one else voted for these guys, if anyone on the Skins’ roster deserved to be voted in, it’s London Fletcher. He shouldn’t to hope that he gets an alternate spot just to make it. He deserves better. He’s a class act. And after fourteen years, he’s more than earned at least that much respect.
London, Redskins Nation still loves you, even if everyone else doesn’t. Thank you for EVERYTHING that you have done for this team. HTTR…
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